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Trick or…Coffee?

Halloween activities most typically involve costumes, collecting candy or cavorting in the Castro (or the location du jour), but I, unintentionally, managed to associate Halloween with the anniversary of this blog. That’s right. I started writing Man Seeking Coffee two years ago on October 31, 2007. So I’ll start this post by [...]

Easy Come, Easy Go

Name: Blackbird Cafe Location: Grand Lake Farmer’s Market, Oakland, CA Marin Farmers Market, Marin Civic Center Rating: 3+

I got word a few weeks ago from Jen over at Scarlett City Coffee Roasting that Blackbird Cafe would be opening up a kiosk at the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market. This was great news. I’ve long [...]

coffee@home: San José El Yalú Guatemala

Bean: San José El Yalú Guatemala Cafe: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: straddling the border between a 3 and a 4

I picked up a bag of this year’s El Yalú at the Berkeley Whole Foods being careful to check the roast date. I’ve noticed that the coffee sent to Whole Foods is not only [...]

coffee@home: Ecco Caffe Espressos

Beans: Northern Italian Reserve Espresso, Organic SWP Decaffeinated Sumatra Gayo Mountain Roaster: Ecco Caffe Rating: 4-, 3+

During my recent visit to Chocolate Fish Coffee, I picked up two bags of Ecco Caffe coffee – the two blends I tried while visiting. I always enjoy calibrating  my home espresso against a well-prepared rendition by [...]

coffee@home: Finca Matalapa, La Libertad (CoE)

Beans: CoE Matalapa, La Libertad, El Salvador Roaster: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 3

There were three reasons why I had high hopes for this coffee.

First, this coffee placed 10th in the 2008 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition with a score of 88. Nothing mind-bogglingly amazing, but no slouch of a coffee either. [...]

coffee@home: Ritual Finca El Guayabo, Colombia

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Beans: Finca El Guayabo Huila, Colombia Roaster: Ritual Roasters Rating: 4 (for espresso, a little less when brewed)

My first encounter with this coffee was at the 2008 Slow Food Nation coffee tasting pavilion where it was prepared for me as a single origin espresso on a LaMarzocco GB/5 [...]

coffee@home: Flying Goat’s Mexican Decaf

Beans: Mexican Decaf Roaster: Flying Goat Coffee Rating: 3

I picked up this decaf while at Flying Goat a few weeks back. They had two in stock – a Sumatran and the Mexican. Given my recent success with a delicious decaf Mexican at Woodberry Kitchen, I figured I’d give the Mexican a try.

This [...]

Apples and Coffee and Goats, Oh My!

Name: Flying Goat Coffee Location: 10 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA Rating: 4

As my wife, daughter and I sat munching apple fritters at the Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple Fair, I realized that what I wanted to go with it was a really good cup of coffee. I suggested a trip to Flying Goat, which involved [...]